FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A Tyson employee who was shot with Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, during practice before 2017’s Congressional Baseball Game was honored in Springdale on Saturday. 

Matt Mika was brought on stage to a standing ovation at Saturday’s Washington County GOP Lincoln Day Event. 

Mika is the director of government operations at Tyson’s Washington, D.C., office. 

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas, welcomed Mika on stage and spoke about the Tyson employee’s recovery. Then it was Mika’s turn to address the audience. He spoke of a miraculous survival following the shooting that day. 

“What happened that day is just a miracle,” Mika said. 

The Tyson employee went on to say he was shot in the arm and chest. He remarked most people shot where he was wouldn’t have survived. Mika said he has no feeling in one hand, despite being able to move it. This was attributed to nerve damage from the shooting. He also said he hasn’t been able to throw a ball yet because his shoulder hasn’t fully recovered. 

Mika did say he was playing hockey again, though. He closed out with a message of enjoying every moment in life because one never knows when it could be their last. 

After Mika finished speaking, Womack outfitted him with Razorback baseball gear, remarking that although Mika is a Michigan fan, Arkansas has one of the best college baseball teams in the nation.